Simon Rich has written a hysterical version of what grown up conversation sounds like to kids in this week's New Yorker Shouts and Murmurs. It made me think about how much I enjoy The New Yorker now and how much I hated it as a kid.
In tribute to Simon Rich's piece, here's how I imagined my parents when reading The New Yorker as a kid:
DAD: This magazine is so great. It has so many words in it.
MOM: Look at the cover. It makes no sense. That's so clever.
DAD: (laughing) And, this cartoon isn't funny. That's the kind of cartoon I like, black and white cartoons that aren't funny.
MOM: I have an idea. Let's pick a movie based on these reviews to take the kids to. They'll love that.
OK. That got my juices flowing, so let's keep going with this.